CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #79
Lamigo Monkeys News: Roger Bernadina
After several years without any foreign positional players in the CPBL, suddenly there are three in the 2019 season. On April 18, the Lamigo Monkeys surprised everyone with the signing of former Major League outfielder Roger Bernadina.
“Bernadina will take over the primary centre fielder role,” said the Monkeys’ manager. “We will make the final decision on which player to release in early May, until then, Bernadina will play in the farm league.”
The 34-year-old left-handed hitter has seven MLB seasons under his belt from 2008 to 2014. After leaving the MLB system, Bernadina spent two seasons (2017-2018) in the KBO with the KIA Tigers.
During his time in Korea, Bernadina posted a combined record of .315/.387/.515 with 47 home runs and 64 stolen bases across 1070 at-bats for the KIA Tigers. He also helped the Tigers to capture the Korean Series in 2017.
Zeke Spruill on the Chopping Board?
With the arrival of Roger Bernadina, the media speculate that Zeke Spruill might be on the chopping board. With a massive drop in his velocity, Spruill, the former Monkeys’ ace struggled hard in the past two seasons. As of April 18, Spruill posted a 7.51 ERA and 1.76 WHIP over 17 innings.
Foreign players come and goes, therefore we compiled a foreign players tracker to keep track of all the foreign players signing for the 2019 CPBL season.